Hokkaido Shrine | Hokkaido – Travel Information

Hokkaido Shrine is a large shrine found in the heart of Sapporo, Japan.

Hokkaido Shrine, built in 1869, is a small yet popular shrine among the locals of the city of Sapporo. The shrine can be found in the vibrant maruyama park, which provides one of the best cherry blossom viewing areas in Sapporo. As such, many locals will tend to visit the shrine during ‘Hanami’ or ‘flower viewing festival’. Additionally, the shrine is most full of life during the Japanese New Year where people visit the shrine for the first time in the new year and pray for good luck for the upcoming year.

Inside Hokkaido Shrine, there are 4 gods (known as Kami) enshrined here, so it’s quite a spiritual place for locals. The shrine deities are Okunitama, Okuninushi, Sukunahhikona, and the late Emperor Meiji. Originally, the three kami were enshrined in Tokyo in 1869, but was moved to Sapporo in 1870, where the shrine moved around a few times before eventually finding its way to its present location in Maruyama Park. In 1964, the soul of Emperor Meiji was also enshrined here, bringing the total deities found here up to four. 

Nearby, you can also find the Sapporo City Zoo, and Maruyama Park, which offer excellent and relaxing experiences to spend on those beautiful days outdoors.

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Accessing Hokkaido Shrine

Accessing Hokkaido Shrine from Sapporo Station is quite easy. First, start at Sapporo Subway Station and take the Local Makomanai train on the Namboku Line to Odori Station. At Odori Station, transfer to the Local Miyanosawa on the Tozai Line. Ride this to Maryuama Koen Station. The journey on the train will cost 250JPY one way and will take 7 minutes. From the Maruyama Koen Station, take Exit no.4 and walk in the direction of the Lawsons Convenience store. Continue along that road until you reach Maruyama Park. Once at the park, finding the shrine and the many other exciting things to do is easy.

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